This Summer, Give Yourself Permission to Get the R&R You Deserve

By: Brian Miller | Jun 30, 2021

Sometimes, when I don’t feel like going to work, I wear my grandfather’s tie. Other times, when I know I will have a difficult meeting with parents or am struggling to trust in the goodness of humanity, I wear my grandfather’s tie. When fears of failure or prolonged defeat tie ...
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Top 6 Reasons Why 2020-21 Was the Worst School Year Ever… and Why Next Year Will Be Better

By: Jon Konen | Jun 22, 2021

Never has a school year given us so much to gripe about… and never has summer break brought such a feeling of sweet relief. In the past week since school closed, it’s been nothing but sunshine and margaritas as I slip into the bliss of morning hikes, beach days and ...
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Top 10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I Got As a Graduating Senior

By: Jon Konen | Jun 7, 2021

Giving a graduation speech or any speech can be stressful. In fact, it’s the number one fear out there! A recent National Institute for Mental Health survey showed a full 75% of people said it’s the thing they dread the most. Public speaking ranked even higher than death in some ...
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Prom Night for Our Special Needs Students – How We Brought a Little Magic to a Difficult School Year

By: Mary McLaughlin | Apr 20, 2021

When we were at the early heights of the pandemic, I was granted a transfer from my long-held elementary special education gig to one at my district’s high school. I would go from working with students who were, for the most part, in need of significant academic support to working ...
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If You’re a Teacher Thinking About Moving, There are 8 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself (and Your Heart) Before Making the Decision

By: Jon Konen | Mar 23, 2021

Here I sit in the hospital thinking about how many times I have been here. Staff at the hospital know me from frequent trips here over the past twenty years. My dad turned 90 this past week and I can’t thank the Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana enough as ...
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11 Strategies Teachers Can Use to Deal With Difficult Adults

By: Jon Konen | Mar 9, 2021

Wouldn’t you like to never talk to or be around certain people ever again? Your brain wants to tell your mouth so many things, but as an educator, you need to show unbelievable restraint. In the job you get to experience the joy of being able to work with some amazing ...
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Teacher Self Care: 5 Strategies for Giving Yourself Time to Recoup… So You’re Able to Give More of Yourself

By: Jon Konen | Mar 2, 2021

Have you heard of the saying, “Covid Fatigue?” Imagine a classroom full of students with bright eyes and happy faces. All the students are dancing in the classroom and singing a song about obtuse, acute, right, and straight angles. Their arms stretched out matching the type of triangle in which they ...
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As Politics Cloud the Conversation About How to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19, Educators are Caught In the Middle

By: Jon Konen | Feb 18, 2021

6 Reasons to Be Compassionate with Teachers As We Follow Guidelines for Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19   “Sympathy leads to empathy, which in turn supports people acting with compassion!” a quote that I use often. I first heard about this continuum from Pete Hall and Kristen Sauers in their book titled, ...
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As We Begin Year Two of the Pandemic, It’s Time to Talk About the Mental Health of Our Students and Teachers

By: Mary McLaughlin | Feb 8, 2021

Last week my school’s second semester began. My paraprofessional and I were talking about how time flies when I said, “I feel like we’re all doing okay. Everyone’s working their guts out, but we’re halfway to summer vacation. Dang, we’re good.” She just stared at me.  The pregnant pause was just ...
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“If not us, then who?” – 7 Reasons Why Remote Learning Options NEED to Be a Permanent Part of Public Education

By: Jon Konen | Feb 2, 2021

  “Never let a good crisis go to waste…” – Winston Churchill We can fight the idea of remote learning becoming a mainstay in public education. In fact, it’s pretty easy to pick on. We know it isn’t as strong a method of instruction as compared to learning onsite and face to ...
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